Story: The popular fairy-tale gets a layered polishing with the newest Disney outing.
ll be happy to know that the adaptation of French author Charles
Perraulta s oft rendered Cendrillon is done with depth. After the
studioa s attempt to redefine the contours of preachy fairytales (with
films like Maleficent), director Kenneth Branagh delivers quintessential
comfort cinema with this flick.
Ita s a surprise that despite opulence being its selling point, the
film doesna t shirk away from adding layers to the fable. Ita s tough to
bring newness to a story this widely read but Branagh has smartly added
nuances to his hoard of characters. The supporting cast is ruthlessly
negated, despite visible promise. But this situation allows the film to
remain invested in the myriad shades of its titular character, who is an
epitome of empowerment in a very different sense of the term. She is
pliant yet holds her ground without seeming priggish.
runtime, youa ll inevitably stumble upon the moviea s finer elements.
The scene, where the evil stepmother reveals her reasons for
ill-treating Ella, is striking. Screenwriter Chris Weitz earns credit
for being able to bring in perspective and highlight the stepmothera s
loneliness and age as legitimate reasons to be envious of Ella, instead
of conjuring up a plain black-and-white narrative.
film is spectacular. The grand ball scene is fabulously done and the CG
is used correctly. Largely minimal on special effects, the visual marvel
is exhibited in the fancy choice of locations. The scene where Ella
meets the Prince is dreamy.
The film is vividly narrated and banks on the mettle of its story and acting. Lily James as and Richard Madden as the Prince(Kit) deliver fresh performances with a pleasant chemistry.
Holding the trappings of its fairy tale source, Cinderella is a treat to watch.